Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Containing gold; gold-bearing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Containing or producing gold; gold-bearing

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Gold-bearing; containing or producing gold.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Yielding or producing gold; containing gold: as, auriferous quartz; auriferous strata.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. containing gold

Etymologies

From Latin aurifer, gold-bearing : aurum, gold + -fer, -fer.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin aurifer ("gold-bearing") + the English suffix -ous. The Latin term in turn derived from aurum ("gold") + ferō ("I carry"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The place which I know as auriferous is some miles distant, the way rugged.

    A Strange Story — Volume 08

  • You know something of what I think you call auriferous geology.

    The Desert Valley

  • This "auriferous" town is indeed a marvellous place, lying on the crest of a hill at an elevation of 5,000 feet above the level of the sea.

    A Winter Tour in South Africa

  • At twenty-one miles crossed the Douglas, coming from north-north-west; the country from it to the north-west and north looked quite white with quartz, and showed signs of being auriferous.

    The Journals of John McDouall Stuart

  • Thenceforth for some weeks backward and forward rush mysterious men with no names, who fly about all those particular parts of the country on which Doodle is at present throwing himself in an auriferous and malty shower, but who are merely persons of a restless disposition and never do anything anywhere.

    Bleak House

  • Motto: “Or et fer” (no allusion to Ophir or auriferous).

    Modeste Mignon

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The explorers came upon an auriferous discovery.

    CNN Transcript May 16, 2007

  • African Ghats did not prove auriferous; both fulfil all the required conditions, and both await actual discovery.

    Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo

  • The collection enabled me to distribute the mining industry into two great branches — (1) the rich silicates and carbonates of copper smelted by the Ancients in North Midian; and (2) the auriferous veins worked, but not worked out, by comparatively modern races in South Midian, the region lying below the parallel of El – Muwaylah.

    The Land of Midian

  • Or had an exceptionally heavy torrent really washed down auriferous “tailings”?

    The Land of Midian

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